Hunt for Red October

• TOP NOTCH (my top choices)
• HONORABLE MENTION (well worth watching)
• YOU MIGHT WANT TO CONSIDER (I like them but you might not)
• CLASSICS (Great movies up through the 1960s - many don't have any rating)

Sean Connery, Alec Baldwin, Scott Glenn   

Summary - In November 1984, the Soviet Union's best submarine captain in their newest sub violates orders and heads for the USA. Is he trying to defect or to start a war?

Cautions - Some adult situations/language, violence

Commentary - The Hunt For Red October is the best of the Jack Ryan films, and a classic in its own right. With arguably the best performance of Alec Baldwin's career, one of the better efforts from Sean Connery, and an all-star cast performing under the rock-solid direction of John McTiernan, The Hunt For Red October is a seminal submarine movie and one of the finer films to come out of the 1990s. The movie holds up remarkably well to repeat viewings, and is as exciting today as it was in 1990.

This is a family-friendly film with no one single "bad guy" that is prominently featured throughout the film. A maniacal, determined Soviet sub captain in pursuit of the Red October, and the specter of a KGB saboteur amidst the crew of the Red October is as close as the film comes to villainy, and these characters and ideas receive only limited screen time, but drive the plot along to a certain extent. Indeed, perhaps the single most powerful and palpable enemy in October is time itself. Will Ryan convince his peers that his gut instinct regarding Ramius' intentions is correct, and if so, will he reach the Soviet captain in time? McTiernan skillfully engenders unbearable tension and intrigue into the film, all without a single, clear enemy to root against.
-  Martin Liebman


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